Testimony continues in the murder trial of Anthony Horton, accused of shooting and killing New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr on March 1 following a traffic stop in the town of Big Flats.
Trooper Sperr stopped a pickup truck Horton was a passenger in along Lowe Road. At the time, Trooper Sperr did not know that Horton and the driver, Bryan Adams, had just allegedly been involved in a bank robbery just minutes before. As Trooper Sperr approached the vehicle, Horton is accused of firing a .357 Magnum revolver at Trooper Sperr several times. Despite being hit, Trooper Sperr was able to return fire and wound both Horton and Adams. Trooper Sperr died from his injuries.
Horton is now on trial for aggravated murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, third-degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. A third accomplice was also charged in connection with the murder.
The PBA sends its support to the family and fellow Troopers who worked with Trooper Sperr during this difficult and emotional trial.
For continuing coverage of the trial, check the following media outlets:
Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester: www.democratandchronicle.com
The Leader of Corning: www.the-leader.com
Channel10 in Rochester (NBC): www.10nbc.com